In Psalm 121:1, David lifts up his eyes to the Judean Mountains and asks this question, "Where does my help come from?" Verse two gives us the answer plain and simple.
My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:2
Our help or our strength does not come as a result of how smart we are, how healthy we are, what we look like, how much money we make, how creative we are, how educated we are, how silver our tongue is, how talented we are or how popular we are. Our help comes from the Lord which made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
Hold on a minute! Why just last week this horrible thing happened to me. Didn't God say that He wouldn't let anything bad happen to me, right? So why...?
Who said your story was over yet? You're just looking at one paragraph of your life's story and the your whole story hasn't been told yet, has it? If you're reading this and you are still breathing, your story in this world is not yet finished.
When oh when will we stop using our present circumstances as a spiritual barometer? When Noah was walking in obedience to God, he was floating around in a boat with only his family and a whole lot of animals and no land in sight. Moses was wandering around out on the desert with two million or so people who were in a very bad mood a lot of the time and he had to do it for 40 years!
David was facing Goliath and King Saul who also wanted to kill him. Elijah was dealing with King Ahab who wanted to kill him as well. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were hanging out in a fiery furnace because King Nebuchadnezzar wanted to kill them. Do you see a theme going on here?
Daniel obeyed God and got thrown into a lions den. Jeremiah obeyed God and was thrown into a pit. Stephen preached the Gospel and was stoned to death. Paul was beaten, stoned, imprisoned, shipwrecked and later executed. What was his crime? He was doing what God asked him to do.
As Christians we should not be asking ourselves the question, "Why do I have troubles in my life?" Instead we should be asking ourselves why we don't.